The newly released Brighton Monopoly board has revealed its DFL credentials by mixing up The Lanes and North Laine, to the horror of city pedants.
The two areas are often confused despite being etymologically separate, with Laine being Sussex dialect for field, not alley.
And whoever put together the new Monopoly board has fallen into the same trap, with the square labelled The Lanes illustrated by a picture of Gardner Street – which is firmly in North Laine.
The mistake was spotted by pub manager Iain Chambers and posted on Twitter with a suitably outraged comment:
Just spotted the Brighton Monopoly board game in Smiths. I demand that every one of them is pulped immediately. This cannot stand! pic.twitter.com/ABKvOTbJx9
— HelloMyNameIsIain (@sevenbeescafe) November 28, 2017
The new game is designed and manufactured by Winning Moves, which is based in London. A spokesman said the company would be looking into the mix up.
The Lanes is the area south of North Street, made up of a series of twittens, many of which have been there since medieval times and built up in the eighteenth century.
North Laine is north of North Street, and its name derives from one of the five laines, or fields, which made up the area surrounding the old town of Brighthelmstone. The other laines include Hilly Laine (now Hanover), Little Laine (now St James’s Street area), East Laine and West Laine. There was, and is, no South Laine.
The mix-up, commonly made by tourists and newcomers Down From London (DFL) is just as frequently bemoaned by Brightonians. It has so enraged one North Laine trader, Tim Price of Ju Ju, that he commissioned a sign to put in the shop window explaining what the area’s true name is.